A DAD was found in a shallow grave by little girls seeing his toes sticking out, a court heard.
Tomasz Dembler, 39, was discovered near Flatts Lane National Park in Normanby, Middlesbrough after having his hand amputated before his death.
Prosecutor Peter Makepeace QC told Teeside Crown Court it was a “miracle” that the remains of a Polish citizen were ever discovered.
His body was found a few weeks after his death on April 12, by two girls who were having a makeshift picnic in the woods.
They saw his toes on the ground and called the police.
Mr Makepeace said: “If those girls hadn’t gone too far off the track and seen their toes sticking out of the ground, that body could have been lying there forever undetected.”
Four men and one woman are currently on trial and deny his murder.
Prosecutors believe Tomasz died at around 3.35 a.m. on Sunday, March 21 – after he answered a phone call from a friend asking him for a ride.
He told his friend he was at a party in Middlesbrough, and couldn’t help her.
But he died that morning after breaking his back, breaking his upper jaw and breaking 15 ribs – before having his hand amputated and buried in a shallow grave.
He also suffered injuries including cuts to his lips and mouth, severe bruising to his head, and all over his back and chest.
Zbigniew Pawlowski, 41, of Middlesbrough, Rafal Chmielewski, 37, of Grangetown, Tomasz Reczycki, 37, of Middlesbrough, Monika Solerska, 37, of Grangetown, and Adam Czerwinski, 45, of Middlesbrough, denied murder.
However, the jury was shown CCTV of several defendants walking to and from the area where the bodies were found later that day.
Prosecutors allege that Rafal Chmielewski, and possibly others, were at the burial site on the night of March 21.
Meanwhile, phone data shows that Mr Chmielewski’s girlfriend, Monika Solerska, and another man, Zbigniew Pawlowski, arrived at the scene by car to pick him up.
Prosecutors say Solerska claimed she was upstairs in Edward Street the night of the alleged party and that she was unaware of anything that had happened.
Solerska claims that the journey is a social one.
Prosecutors say that Czerwinski last saw Dembler in his downstairs bedroom and that he was with Pawlowski.
Like Chmielewski, prosecutors say Reczycki will claim that he saw Pawlowski beat Mr. Dembler and that he was too scared to intervene.
And the court heard that Pawlowski’s defense would say he left Edward Street at 11 p.m. that night and knew nothing of a murder.
The trial continued.
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